Most importantly, we collaborate with our clients to seek justice for large groups of people who have all suffered the same injustice. Our clients work with us for years to seek justice not only for themselves but for colleagues and even people they have never met who are experiencing the same injustices they are. Stories and critical connections are what drive us, inspire us, and remind us of the importance of our work.
Eduardo was hired to complete an exterior stucco job He warned his employer that the job would not pass city inspection without certain material. His employer ignored the requests for the additional material and when the job did not pass inspection the employer refused to pay Eduardo. Eduardo offered to re-do the job with the required material and paid for the materials himself. In the end, his employer owed him $500 for the initial work and $1,000 for the new materials and redo. Eduardo said:
“When I realized that I had been a victim of wage theft I felt a little disgusted with the employer. I tried to speak with him about my unpaid wages and nothing happened. It affected me greatly thinking about how much time I spent working on this construction project. Because of these unpaid wages I had overdraft fees in my bank accounts because I did not expect to not be paid by my employer. I was going on as norma; as though I would be paid for my work. It affected my wife and kids because we couldn’t afford to pay some utilities like internet and power.”
German was hired to paint a new urgent care facility in Westminster and worked 112 hours for which he was never paid. When German approached his employer about not being paid, his employer insisted that his wages were directly deposited into his account, but German had never given his employer any account information.
“It affected me greatly because I work hard and I drive many miles per day to perform work. I was spending money in order to drive and arrive to work each day, which was basically my investing my own money in order to work. After I performed weeks of labor and was not paid for it I had to figure out what I was going to do to pay my expenses. I lost all of that money driving to these jobs from this employer and didn’t have much money left to pay my weekly expenses. I had to reach out to some nearby friends and my sister in order to pay a few expenses off and to mostly purchase more gas to continue working in other jobs.”
In early 2015, Marcelino contacted Towards Justice per the recommendation of El Centro Humanitario para Los Trabajadores. Marcelino was working as an interior painter and his employer paid him by check, which bounced when Marcelino deposited it. Marcelino was depending on his earned income and had to shift his finances and bill payments around to accommodate this unexpected void.
“I am grateful for the services that I received from Towards Justice. I entrusted Towards Justice to carry out the services that they offered and I am happy to have recuperated the money that was owed to me for my work.”
Amin & Israel
Amin and Israel are bothers and were hired as part of a team to complete an exterior paint job at a large apartment complex. Their employer refused to pay them for their work and our partner, El Comite de Longmont recommended that Amin and Israel reach out to Towards Justice. Amin said he was “counting on his earned wage to pay for electricity and gas bill.”
We work with amazing individuals and organizations to increase worker power. Our local and national partners and collaborators keep us connected with the latest trends in workplace justice and ensure that our legal work has intellectual and policy impact beyond what we could achieve alone. Thank you to all of our partners!
We collaborate and co-counsel with some of the most talented attorneys in the country at law firms and non-profit organizations.
We co-chair the Colorado Wage Theft Task Force with El Centro Humanitario and facilitate information and idea exchange among the thoughtful groups and individuals advancing workplace justice in Colorado.
We maintain a Collaborating Attorneys Network, a referral network and community of wage and hour practitioners including but not limited to
Adam Harrison, The Sawaya Law Firm
Penn Dodson, AndersonDodson, P.C.
Andrew Turner, The Kelman Buescher Firm
Ashley Boothby, The Kelman Buescher Firm
Brandt Milstein, Milstein Law Office
Colleen Calandra, Ramos Law
David Lichtenstein, Law Office of David Lichtenstein, LLC
David Miller, Sawaya & Miller P.C.
Dipak Patel, Robinson Hungate, P.C.
Eleni Albrechta, Albrechta & Albrechta, LLC
Gary Kramer, Gary Kramer Law, LLC
Justin Plaskov, Lohf Shaiman Jacobs Hyman & Feiger PC
Kelli Riley, Riley Law LLC
Laura Wolf, Rathod Mohamedbhai, LLC
Mark Lyda, Lyda Law Firm LLC
Mary Jo Lowrey, Lowrey Parady, LLC
Nicholas Enoch, Lubin & Enoch, P.C.
Rajasimha Raghunath, UFCW Local 7
Sarah Parady, Lowrey Parady, LLC
Thomas Mitchiner, Mitchiner Law LLC